Avast! causes BSOD (a known problem)

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Avast! Freeware is a problem that causes in Windows 7 Professional, Service
 Pack 1, a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) "BlueScreen" specifically the page m
emory error "PFN_LIST_CORRUPT".  The problem seems to go away when I switch
ed to AVG AntiVirus Free Edition.

The BSOD problem occurs only when you run Avast! but not Malwarebytes Anti-
Malware nor AVG.

What is weird is that Avast! 8 worked fine until today--it worked for about
 a year--then, coincidentally (?) when I went to Microsoft's site to check  
for updates after Windows SP1, there was a link, that I did NOT click, that
 required ActiveX, and only ran in Windows Explorer, to give you the list o
f updates after SP1 (not install the updates, just give you the list).

My computer is running a $3 copy of Windows 7 I bought in a foreign country
 (I also have US "legal" copies but am too lazy to reinstall).  It works fi
ne, no viruses, but cannot get updates after SP1 (I was checking to see if  
I could manually install some of these updates, which is a bit risky since  
some updates install "Windows Genuine Advantage" which will cripple your "n
on-legal" copy of Windows) .  So, is it possible that somehow, when I visit
ed this Microsoft webpage, it secretly installed something in my computer t
o cripple it, that Avast! choked on?  But again, Malwarebytes and AVG are n
ot choking and producing BSOD, so I think it's a coincidence, and besides I
 did NOT click on the Microsoft link.

Also, a poster here: http://www.sevenforums.com/bsod-help-support/285740-ra
ndom-bsod-pfn_list_corrupt.html      indicates that Avast! is the cause of  
this occasional problem.  So it's a weird coincidence it happened today?  B
ut why today?  It would not surprise me if Microsoft silently puts a file i
n your /Temp folder somewhere that somehow Avast!, for its own reasons, cau
ses a BSOD.

PS--AVG 2013 Free version got a PC Mag seal of approval, for best free AV,  
for what it's worth.

RL

Re: Avast! causes BSOD (a known problem)

On 10/31/2013 4:21 AM, RayLopez99 wrote:

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I guess you should have bought the $5.00 copy that lets you install updates.

Re: Avast! causes BSOD (a known problem)

On Thu, 31 Oct 2013 01:21:56 -0700 (PDT), RayLopez99 wrote:

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W7 HP x64 SP1 - all updates installed
avast! Free Antivirus 9.x

No BSOD here...

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Re: Avast! causes BSOD (a known problem)

On 10/31/2013 03:04 PM, s|b wrote:
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Does your computer run a $3 copy of Windows 7 you bought in a foreign  
country?

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...lose .inhibitions when replying

Re: Avast! causes BSOD (a known problem)

On Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:21:17 -0400, Mark Warner wrote:

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I bought the OEM version with my hardware. Paid 99,99 euro for it.

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Re: Avast! causes BSOD (a known problem)

On Thu, 31 Oct 2013 01:21:56 -0700 (PDT), RayLopez99

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    Worth about as much as "Best Cake Recipe" award at the local
Senior Rest Home annual party.
    PC Mag --- LOL
    []'s
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We have a new policy  - Google 2012

Re: Avast! causes BSOD (a known problem)

Hi folks.  Just adding my 2 pence :-)

I have a couple of (official) Win7 machines that have been stable running A
vast for nearly 12 months.  However, after recent MS update, both machines  
have been BSOD-ing several times a day over a 2 week period.  I eventually  
uninstalled Avast, and installed another free antivirus - one week later, a
nd neither machine has had BSOD.  Not conclusive yet, I know, but maybe sta
rting to look indicative?

Re: Avast! causes BSOD (a known problem)

On Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:03:38 -0800 (PST), philip.a.gardner@gmail.com
wrote:

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Almost two months after the original message. You sure took your time!
 ;-)

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